A Brief Look at Crime 12/18 – 12/24

Two R.I. men get prison for lottery-related beating death

Two Rhode Island men are headed to prison for beating a man to death aboard a sailboat over lottery winnings. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Richard Baribault was sentenced Friday to life plus ten years. Troy Gunderway received a 55-year term with 35 years to serve. Baribault was convicted this summer of murder and other offenses in the 2015 death of 70-year-old Fernando Silva. Gunderway pleaded guilty to similar charges in March. Prosecutors say the Warwick men went to the marina to rob Silva, also known as “Captain Fredy,” on his boat after he won several hundred dollars playing Keno. Silva was beaten in the process and died of his injuries. Prosecutors say Gunderway later piloted the boat into Warwick Cove and abandoned it. The harbormaster later found Silva’s decomposed body.

‘Shoot Me,’ Man Says Before Fatal Gunfire at Lucky Eagle Casino

A Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputy ordered an armed and suicidal man in a parking lot at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester to drop his gun numerous times before fatally shooting him last month, according to investigative reports from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office obtained by The Chronicle through a public records request. “I had no other means to stop that threat and if he would’ve lifted that gun up and shot at me, I wouldn’t have had any reaction whatsoever,” Deputy Brett Campbell told detectives, as quoted in Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Det. Jamey McGinty’s report. Officer Robert Strader, of the Chehalis Tribal Police Department, reported that when he responded, he saw Deputy Campbell running from the Jeep back to his patrol vehicle. Two other law enforcement officers were at the scene. James was handcuffed and lying on the ground on the driver’s side of the Jeep when Chehalis Tribal Police arrived, they reported, bleeding from multiple bullet wounds in his upper right chest area. Officers at the scene began attempting to aid James, packing his bullet wounds with gauze as they waited for medics, Chehalis Tribal officers wrote in their reports.

Car dealer Ralph Ahmet tried to smuggle drugs worth £12 million into Kent in Winnebago

A “high end” car dealer tried to smuggle a cocktail of drugs – with a street value of £12 million – into Kent stashed in his Winnebago. Ralph Ahmet – who has a home and his business in Dubai – has construction a hidden compartment inside the America-built 10 metre mobile vehicle. He was stopped in September by UK Border Force officials in Coquelles and the 125 kilos of cocaine, heroin and cannabis were found near the petrol tank. Defence barrister Paul Lamb told Canterbury Crown Court that the car dealer, who has served a jail term for drug smuggling, had invested £300,000 in a motor vehicle venture which failed. Ahmet also had a gambling problem and decided to accept a £50,000 offer by unnamed dealers to drive the Moneybag from Germany to the UK. “He accepts the stupidity of his actions which were borne out of desperation, “ he added.

San Bruno casino facing $8 million penalty over alleged money laundering on premises

The federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has hit Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno with an $8 million penalty for allegedly violating a number of anti-money-laundering laws over the past eight years. From October 2009 until this month, FinCEN claims, the casino — one of the largest so-called card clubs in the state — failed to create adequate internal controls intended to detect, deter and report suspicious transactions. In a statement released on Friday, FinCEN Acting Director Jamal El-Hindi said that “for years, Artichoke Joe’s turned a blind eye to loan sharking, suspicious transfers of high-value gaming chips and flagrant criminal activity that occurred in plain sight.” “Casinos, card clubs and others in the gaming industry should consider their risk of exploitation by criminal elements, and understand that they will be held accountable if they disregard anti-money-laundering and illicit finance laws,” El-Hindi said.

The casino was raided by federal and state law enforcement officials and temporarily closed in March 2011. The raid led to the conviction of two of the casino’s customers on loan-sharking charges. According to FinCEN, senior-level employees at the casino knew that loan sharks were conducting criminal activity at the casino, using Artichoke Joe’s gaming chips to facilitate illegal transactions. FinCEN claims the casino’s operators failed to file reports on the alleged illegal activity, like loan sharks passing chips to casino patrons on the gaming floor in clear sight of the casino’s employees.

Former CFO admits stealing more than $1 million from company

The former chief financial officer of a New Jersey orthopedic care provider has admitted stealing more than $1 million from the company for his personal use. Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Harry Wolfmuller pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud. The former Belmar resident now faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced March 13 and must pay $1,175,720 in restitution. Wolfmuller was the CFO for an orthopedic care provider that has offices in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Prosecutors say he cashed checks from the company’s business accounts between 2007 and 2015 and spent the money on restaurant meals, golf outings, gambling, lottery tickets and other unapproved personal expenses. He then misrepresented the nature of these transactions in the company’s accounting records to make them appear as legitimate business expenses.

Lenexa woman dies after shooting near 7th Street Casino in KCK

A Lenexa woman is dead after a shooting outside a casino in Kansas City, KS. The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in a parking garage outside of the 7th Street Casino, located at 777 N Seventh Street Trafficway. Overland Park Police officers stopped a vehicle at about 1:20 a.m. near southbound Interstate 35 and Antioch Road to assist a Mission officer who had pulled the car over for speeding. Officers noticed that a Hispanic woman riding in the vehicle had been shot and had a faint pulse. CPR was administered but the woman died on the side of the road. Police say the woman was 28-years-old. They say they do not know how the woman and the man driving the vehicle are connected. “The preliminary investigation revealed that she was meeting up with an acquaintance,” KCK Police Department Public Information Officer Cameron Morgan said. “That’s all I know for sure right now.” The driver is not considered a suspect. He says he was trying to take the woman to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, the closest hospital he knew of.

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